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TThe Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct is a memorial for those who died in 1960 in the Sharpeville Massacre, an event that shocked the international community and inspired increased efforts against apartheid.

The Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, in the Sedibeng township of Sharpeville, is a memorial to victims of the watershed event that was the beginning of the end of apartheid.

Differences within the African National Congress (ANC) led to Robert Sobukwe breaking away to form the Pan African Congress (PAC) in 1959. A year before, the ANC had launched an anti-pass campaign targetting the most hated symbol of apartheid − the pass or dompas − which annually made criminals of up to half a million black people.

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IIn South Africa, 21 March is known as Human Rights Day.

TThe Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, in the Sedibeng township of Sharpeville, is a memorial to victims of the watershed event that was the beginning of the end of apartheid.

Differences within the African National Congress (ANC) led to Robert Sobukwe breaking away to form the Pan African Congress (PAC) in 1959. A year before, the ANC had launched an anti-pass campaign targetting the most hated symbol of apartheid − the pass or dompas − which annually made criminals of up to half a million black people.

TThe ANC organised a defiance campaign against passes to commence on 31 March 1960. The PAC refused to participate and called its own protest for 21 March 1960.

That Monday over 300 people marched on the police station in Sharpeville to hand in their pass books. A total of 69 people (including 13 anonymous foreigners) were shot dead and 180 injured when police opened fire. Many were shot in the back.

Protests flared across South Africa and an outraged international community censured the country at the United Nations. On 8 April, to stem the panic, the government declared a state of emergency and banned the ANC and PAC, which both went underground and established armed wings.

In 1966 the UN declared 21 March the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and since the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994 it is remembered as Human Rights Day.

The Sharpeville memorial, opened by Nelson Mandela in 2001, features a dramatic wall at the entrance containing the names of the dead, who are buried in the nearby Sharpeville Cemetery, and 69 pillars in a garden split by a stream flowing from a fountain. Mandela named Sharpeville the Cradle of Human Rights.

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FNB stadium - Step into the “calabash” one of Africa’s biggest stadiums.

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FNB stadium - Step into the “calabash” one of Africa’s biggest stadiums.

The FNB stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto derby involving Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Alexandra heritage precinct - Historic and iconic

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Alexandra heritage precinct - Historic and iconic

Explore the Alexandra Heritage Precinct, a moving testament to Mandela’s strength.

Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

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Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

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Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

Feed your appetite for Joburg’s culture and history with Past Experiences tours.

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Feed your appetite for Joburg’s culture and history with Past Experiences tours.

Feed your appetite for Joburg’s culture and history with Past Experiences tours.

Explore St George's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in southern Africa

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Explore St George's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in southern Africa

At St George's Cathedral, the church kept its doors open to people of all races throughout the apartheid era.

Chancellor House – Where Mandela & Tambo Attorneys once flourished

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Chancellor House – Where Mandela & Tambo Attorneys once flourished

Chancellor House – Where Mandela & Tambo Attorneys once flourished

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

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Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Nelson Mandela Square – An urban tribute to a universal icon

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Nelson Mandela Square – An urban tribute to a universal icon

Nelson Mandela Square – An urban tribute to a universal icon in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg.

The Saxon Hotel - Snuggle into all that the Saxon has to offer.

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The Saxon Hotel - Snuggle into all that the Saxon has to offer.

Beneath the warm and tree-lined Johannesburg skies you’ll find the City of Gold’s luxurious Saxon Hotel.

Mandela sites in Gauteng

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Mandela sites in Gauteng

Nelson Mandela’s memory lives on in a number of places in Gauteng where he spent his formative political years, opening a legal practice and starting to play a leading role in the Struggle against apartheid.

Nobel Square - A tribute to great men

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Nobel Square - A tribute to great men

Tribute to great men Nobel Square, Cape Town

Nelson Mandela Bridge

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Nelson Mandela Bridge

The Nelson Mandela Bridge - A fitting tribute to a great leader

Mandela and the Mother City

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Mandela and the Mother City

‘Cape Town, more than any other city in South Africa, has been home to people from different cultures for a long, long time.’ – Nelson Mandela

Inanda Heritage Route

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Inanda Heritage Route

The Inanda Heritage Route explores the often overlooked area on Inanda, north of Durban. Despite its apparent obscurity, this region has historical roots that run deep, as a place that experienced first-hand the injustices of apartheid, was the home of passive resistance and became an icon of the freedom struggle.

V&A Waterfront

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V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town - Shopping in the shadow of the mountain

18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

With Nelson Mandela's passing, he will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and the remarkable achievement of bringing peace to a deeply divided country.

Place of human rights Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

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Place of human rights Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill remembers the horrors of the past, and yet embraces the promises of the future, marrying them with the reality of the present.

Kliptown Open Air Museum

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Kliptown Open Air Museum

The home of the Freedom Charter Kliptown Open Air Museum, Johannesburg

Lilliesleaf Farm

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Lilliesleaf Farm

Home of the Freedom Struggle Liliesleaf Farm

Walk through South Africa’s history in Pretoria, the capital city

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Voting Line sculpture – a symbol of the1994 elections

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Voting Line sculpture – a symbol of the1994 elections

Walking around the Voting Line sculpture, you get the true sense of the Rainbow Nation of South Africa.

The Apartheid Museum – a soulful reminder of the triumph of human spirit

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The Apartheid Museum – a soulful reminder of the triumph of human spirit

A soulful reminder of the triumph of human spirit.

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